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Book review: Little Girls Sleeping – Jennifer Chase (@JChaseNovelist)

Katie wasn’t sure of her place when she left the army. Her previous employment 51p3FtytsBL._SY346_and her familial connections meant she at least had some time to find out. Working as an admin was different to the action-packed life she had been used to. It wasn’t long, however, before a cold case revived a ghost from the past. The abandoned case of Chelsea Compton brought back the memories of her own friend, Jenny. Returning from war is never easy, but her nightmares were altering, now the ghost of her friend was asking her to find the truth, to discover what became of that little girl, and when Katie decides to do something, nothing and no one can stop her. One thing is certain, the connections she is making haven’t been seen before. She fears if she doesn’t find the person responsible soon another life will be lost, especially given what she uncovers.

I have to say Jennifer Chase’s Little Girls Sleeping is one of the most inspired crime thrillers I have ever read. I love how I was not only taken by the hand into Katie’s life, but how we are forced to enter the mind of a serial killer, a person who, like every good antagonist, is the hero of their own story. There has been so much attention and thought woven into the telling that every aspect of this book is perfect in its own right. Trials and hardships of everyday life mingle with unspoken insecurities and past regrets to drive Katie to see things and understand things overlooked by others. She is an amazing character, strong and vivid. I didn’t want to put this book down, and I certainly want to discover more titles by this author. Jennifer Chase is truly a master of this genre and succeeded in making me fully invest in their book. Without a doubt, Little Girls Sleeping gets my whole-hearted recommendation.

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Book review: The Quest – Karina Kantas (@KarinaKantas )

Thya had left it all behind and had a new life on Earth. Part of her wanted to remain, to reviewstay safe. She wanted to have a life with Alex, to be a great mother, to keep him safe. So when the crystal began to glow, warning a Tsinian had come to Earth, the feared the Senx would be close behind. She knew what she had to do, she had to leave, to ensure her son’s safety and that of her people. If one of them was here, it meant there was trouble. In her return she had expected to meet with danger and conflict, not for the battle to already be lost and her people in hiding. Kovon had conquered her home. In order to liberate her people, she must undertake a perilous journey and discover some truths she had never imagined possible. In order to succeed, she must make some difficult decisions and complete the quest put before her. To fail, is lose everything.

The Quest is the second book in Karina Kantas’ Illusional Reality Series. The plot focuses on the trials and difficulties of Thya, and the strength of will, heart, and bonds she has formed. The Quest is written in a compelling third-person narrative which draws you in from the start and refuses to let go. The plot progresses at a steady pace and, whilst it is book 2 in the series, all the required information is presented to ensure it works perfectly as stand alone. Heartache, difficult choices, and revelations are paramount in this journey of self-discovery as Thya attempts to do what is expected of her by her people. Monsters and magic combine with hardships and action to deliver an enjoyable and engaging fantasy.

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Book review: Enlightened – Billie Kowalewski (@Enlightened31 )

Harmony is a student at the best school known in existence. It teaches life lessons and reviewexperiences. This school is known as Earth. Classes are sent to experience different lives, and learn from them. But while they are there they don’t know any of this, they are simply living. This absence of recollection is thanks to the barrier. It keeps their real life separate from their class life. Harmony, however, has found a way to bring things thought with her, subtle things like a suggestion. When she shares her method with the class, and she is asked to prove it, something strange begins to happen. A string of accidental deaths centring around the experiment cause herself and Kaleb to repeatedly die as their paths collide. Is this a result of the experiment, or is there something more to these strange events?

Enlightened by Billie Kowalewski is a fascinating read. I loved how this book gave a possible explanation for past life memory in our world, and gave a brilliant purpose to reincarnation. The thought that we are each on Earth to learn something and return to a more whole being, who is a sum of all our experiences, is something I have encountered before, but it has been rarely executed in fiction, and never in this manner. I loved the characters, they were complex, deep, and real. Each one faces their own challenges on both Earth and in their reality. The bonds and relationships are well developed, and it is evident a lot of hard work and consideration has been involved in ensuring the story flows seamlessly. It has been well-executed, especially since it covers multiple lives and deaths of Harmony, and is done in such a manner that it remains clear and concise. This is aided by the alternating narrative, from Harmony addressing you, the reader, personally, to her recounting the tales of her experience. Romance, tension, questions, and frustrations are enhanced by the journey of friendship and discovery in this compelling tale. I will certainly be interested to see where book two in this series leads.RF_Official_ReviewerBook link:

 

 

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Book review: Piggybacker – Mikki Noble (@missmikkinoble )

Marley had no idea what had happened. It was the first anniversary of her father’s reviewdeath, and life was starting to feel almost normal again. Then she was accused of trying to kill herself. She had no memories of that day, but she knew with certainty this could not be true. She would never try to take her own life. The wounds, the evidence, all seemed to point to the contrary. To add insult to injury, when she was placed in the ‘mental hospital’ to recover she started to go insane. She kept hearing a voice. A boy called Gavin begged for her help. In seven days his life would end, permanently. He was already dead, but she could help bring him back. His death had has been special, executed by a Limbonian. If she could find the five items needed their special bond would allow him to return. He is a piggybacker, able to live off her soul for seven days, but if this time elapses he has no hope of return. The closer Marley gets the more questions she has, what will happen if she fails to meet the deadline, what happened on that day, and why does someone seem intent to stop her succeeding. Continue reading “Book review: Piggybacker – Mikki Noble (@missmikkinoble )”

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Book review: Borrego Moon – Kat Drennan (@KatDrennan )

Years had passed since Alex had removed himself from Lily’s life. She had made reviewsomething of herself. She was a hot-shot lawyer, and one of the partners in the firm was actively seeking her hand in marriage. He had proposed, but she had been unable to give an answer. When a body was uncovered back in her hometown it opened a lot of doors to the past, and gave her just the excuse she needed to get away. On the night she and Alex had broken up, her sister had gone missing, and was presumed dead. Her mother refused to believe it, in hope to get closure Lily returns to her childhood home to find it in ruins, but she is determined to salvage what she can. It seems Alex too has his own restoration in mind. He has never forgotten her. He wants to rebuild his life, but a secret from Lily’s past refuses to let her trust him. Continue reading “Book review: Borrego Moon – Kat Drennan (@KatDrennan )”

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Book Review: Blood Relic – Lucretia Stanhope @DianaS58

Alice had been clear. She did not want to be used by the PPK’s military. She detested the part of herself capable of killing. She would not be their killer. But when witches started showing up, used and tossed aside, something had to be done. reviewThere was talk of an ancient magic, blood relics, and in order to stop the body count continuing to rise there was no choice but to act. Can her own special magic lure out those responsible, and is she prepared to deal with the consequences? One thing is for certain, this mission has only one guarantee. From this day forth, nothing will be the same again. Continue reading “Book Review: Blood Relic – Lucretia Stanhope @DianaS58”

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Book review: Jeff Altabef – Devil’s Den (@JeffAltabef ) 5star

Steve’s mother saw demons, and now he does too. Returning home in the hope to reviewdiscover answers he soon finds himself on a mission that will bring him closer to the truth than he could imagine. He has spent years battling demons, both figurative and literal ones, but he finally came home, only to receive an almost perfectly timed plea for help. His ex’s daughter, Megan, has been abducted, and lacking the funds to pay the police she reaches desperately to the one person she thinks could be of help. He will move Heaven and Hell to see it through, better yet, they should know their place and step aside. Nothing will stop him, not the demons who hunt him, not his doubts, not even the fact his enemies seem to remain one step ahead of him. Megan is just another number in a string of disappearances orchestrated by The Farm, they brainwash their subjects into compliance and preach religion, but their agenda is a little more sinister.

Devil’s Den is the first book in Jeff Altabef’s, A Nephilim Thriller and what a first book it is. You’re immediately pulled into the distorted world of Steven, a place of political hierarchy, districts and, of course, demons. You can’t help but love Steve’s no nonsense attitude. Tempered by life and experiences he is a firm believer in actions speaking louder than words, especially when said actions make people confess, and he had the stomach and the attitude needed to get things done. Nothing and no one will stop him. Devil’s Den possesses an intensely gripping narrative with vivid descriptions, striking characters, and a plot that sinks its claws so deep you may end up scarred for life. It is impossible to put down, you just have to know what is happening, you need to see the bigger picture, and when you do you may wish you’d had the foresight to avert your gaze.

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Book review: Robert E Kreig, The Brides of Woodmyst (@robertekreig )

The ascension of the Magi, as prophesied, came to pass, and word is spreading quickly, reviewtoo quickly. War grips the land, innocents are being slaughtered, and against her every wish Alice must remain, and work on the bonds with her new sisters in magic, letting countless suffer. But this is but one of the many sacrifices needed if any hope of victory is possible in this time of darkness. The enemies are many, and their own numbers are few. But just as life, death, earth, and sky must live alongside each other, the four with their newly awakened powers must find balance within themselves, but one is not amongst them. It is known, on occasion for one of the four to seek dominion over the others, when that occurs it falls to those who remain to rein it back and restore order, but with other forces at play this may not prove easy. There are prices to be paid, war is waged, and despite everything they think they know, they may still be blind to the real threat.

Having red book five and six of the of The Woodmyst Chronicles I was really excited to get my hands on number seven, The Brides of Woodmyst. I have come to expect a certain flair from the author Robert E Kreig, and he continues to deliver in his latest addition to the series. Robert E Kreig provides an elegant balance of history, description, dialogue, world building, and character development that work flawlessly with the intricately designed and ever-advancing plot. Once again we are delivered a vivid and interesting cast of characters. Trials and hardship stand before them, and they must rise against them, lest they be crushed. I never fail to be captivated by his writing style, imaginative descriptions, brilliant scene settings and a forever raising stake. Things for Alice began so simply, but things were never easy, but to see her claw her way to where she now stands is amazing, and she is not alone is such growth. This is one book where the characters, events, and plot all drive the reader forward making it impossible to put down.

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Book review: Diane May – EVO (@DianeMayWriter )

Marchiori had seen more than his fair share of murders, in his job it was to be expected. reviewBut never before had he seen anything like this. With all the markings of a rapidly escalating serial killer time is of the essence. And with the latest turn, the killer himself has given them a deadline with a very clear threat against one of their own. The problem is, he never touches his victims, he leaves no evidence, except for the pen drive showing him killing in the most terrifying way, hypnosis. There is more to this than meets the eye, an entire thread of things way beyond his pay grade, secret experiments, dastardly research, and the most terrifying threat humanity has to face. Luckily he is not alone, but every second is one closer to the final toll for all but a few.

Diane May’s EVO possesses some amazingly developed, realistic, and deep characters enhancing the plot of this engrossing murder mystery. But this is not your simple who done it, an intricate web of lies, secrets, and experiments give the fascinating tale a supercharge. With a serial killer at large, mass genocide on the cards, and the CIA’s experimental children danger emanates from every page and I was hooked from the beginning, the vivid descriptions and portrayal of emotion are well crafted and flow seamlessly, feeding and stimulating the reader’s imaginations. Filled with complex relationships, doubts, secrets, agendas, lies, and dangerous revelations this is guaranteed not to leave you wanting in any area, a must read for lovers of the genre or those seeking something with a little more to offer.

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Book review: Michael Pronko – The Moving Blade (@pronkomichael )

Jamie hadn’t seen her father, Bernard Mattson, for years, they had drifted apart, but it reviewhad been about to change, they had planned to reunite, but then his murder put a stop to the plan. But murder is not the only thing she finds in his wake, a robbery on the day of his funeral suggests there may be more to the murder of the renowned diplomat. Jamie is eager to discover the truth about what befell her father, on the case is Detective Hiroshi Shimizu, along with his motley crew of ex-sumo wrestlers, rugby players, and Private investigators. With nothing but a wiped computer, stolen statues, and erotic prints it seems an impossible task. But the body count is rising and answers are demanded. Can they uncover the truth before more people fall to the blade?

Culturally rich and seductively compelling The Moving Blade is a must read for lover of murder mystery and crime fiction fans. Great attention to detail in both setting, lifestyle, and characters has been applied to create an atmospheric, tense, and engaging read which is further enhanced by Michael Pronko’s skilled narrative. Plots, protests, questions, and secrets fill the pages and drive the reader forward through the engaging and well constructed plot. The characters are rich, deep, and vibrant, each with their own very distinctive rules, personality, relationships, and objectives. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this, and it gets something I save only for those special books I really connect with, my heartfelt recommendation. Whether you’re looking for a suspenseful and engaging read, or just something to pass the hours you should give The Moving Blade a try.

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